Friday, May 12 2006
News tip: ISU experts can comment on Whirlpool closures, cuts
ISU faculty experts can provide perspective on Whirlpool Corp.'s announcement that it will cut jobs, close plants and consolidate offices, 40 days after completing its acquisition of Newton-based Maytag Corp.
Researchers study link between obesity, appetite-related hormones
Researchers at Iowa State are exploring the interaction between diet and appetite-related hormones, plus the effect that interaction might have on obesity.
NSF grant funds student research in Japan
ISU student Kari Terzino has received an NSF grant to conduct psychology research in Japan this summer.
Students, start your engines
Iowa State University's Formula SAE Team is hoping for another top-20 finish at the annual Formula SAE competition May 17-20 in Michigan.
Geoffroy names search committee, interim provost
President Gregory Geoffroy has selected associate provost Susan Carlson to serve as interim vice president for academic affairs and provost, effective June 1. Geoffroy also appointed a committee to conduct the search for ISU's executive vice president and provost.
The most realistic virtual reality room in the world
Iowa State University researchers say more than $4 million in equipment upgrades to Iowa State's six-sided virtual reality room are essential to their research. The upgrades will produce more realism, transmit more information and help attract more projects.
Researchers begin to solve mystery of hybrid vigor
Hybrid vigor works, but no one understands how. ISU plant scientists have uncovered a key to understanding the complex molecular mechanisms of this biological process. Their findings were published in the May 2 edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.
Chasing tornado data to engineer better buildings
Iowa State University researchers will use a $1 million federal appropriation to: 1. Study the flow of storm winds near the ground. 2. Test models of various structures in Iowa State's Wind Simulation and Testing Laboratory. 3. Develop computational models that simulate how wind storms affect buildings. 4. And, study new building designs that would be resistant to wind storms.
Geoffroy: Appropriation "extremely disappointing"
In a May 4 letter to faculty and staff, ISU President Gregory Geoffroy called the state appropriations increase to Iowa State's base operating budget "extremely disappointing" and added "it is just one more sign of the steady erosion of state funding for Iowa's public universities."
Distinguished, University professors named
Six Iowa State faculty have been awarded the titles of Distinguished Professor or University Professor.
New professorship advances bovine reproduction and genetics at ISU
Dr. James K. West, an internationally recognized specialist in bovine reproduction and embryo transfer, has been named the first Scott and Nancy Armbrust Professor of Veterinary Medicine.
Gleeson named first Renken Professor in Materials Science and Engineering at ISU
Iowa State's first named professorship in materials science and engineering will allow Brian Gleeson, an Iowa State professor of materials science and engineering, to develop new alloys and coatings that can withstand high temperatures.